Granite Belt Vineyards
Located at 1000 metres above sea level, Queensland’s capital of cool is only three hours drive from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Served by the New England Highway, this is the only place in Queensland that offers four distinctive seasons. This premier wine producing area also experiences unique growing and ripening conditions, unlike elsewhere in Australia. The combination of cool weather and decomposed granite soils produces outstanding wines and a very diverse range of food. Wine production in and around Stanthorpe represents more than 60% of all Queensland production and the region is home to almost 50 winery cellar doors.
The southern and eastern border of the Granite Belt region is formed by the QLD/NSW border; to the North it stretches to Dalveen (south of Warwick) and west it encompasses the superfine Traprock wool country. Stanthorpe is the heart of the Granite Belt offering a range of diverse wine food experiences, pamper products, boutique accommodation and access to some magnificent national parks, including Girraween and Sundown. There are a number of self drive trails, or you can reserve your place on a professionally guided tour. Winter’s frosty Brass Monkey Season is the peak tourist time, followed by Primavera – the spring season of events including the Australian Small Winemakers Show. Summer offers cool mountain temperatures and a feast of fresh produce and in the autumn the glorious colours of the changing season provide a visual treat.
Granite Belt Wineries
22 CAVES RD, STANTHORPE QLD 4380
Banca Ridge is located in the Queensland College of Wine Tourism and provides a rich and varied training experience for budding viticulturists, winemakers and tourism specialists. Currently growing Marsanne, Merlot, Semillon, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.
337 SUNDOWN RD, BALLANDEAN QLD 4382
Golden Grove Estate Vineyard and Winery, is situated in the highlands of the Ballandean Valley, in the heart of Queensland’s premier wine district, the Granite Belt. The high altitude of 820 metres and cool summer climate make the area ideal for the growing of classic wine grape varieties and production of fine wines.
2271 EUKEY RD, BALLANDEAN QLD 4382
An established vineyard and winery at the Ballandean end of the Granite Belt, they produce many wine varietals and are firm champions of the alternative varieties. These include Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc as well as the more traditional varieties such as Shiraz, Verdelho, Chardonnay, and Merlot.
32 LN CNR AMIENS ROAD AND BRADLEY, BRADLEY LN, AMIENS QLD 4380
First planted in 1998, a last minute shipping error found the Channon’s planting Verdelho instead of Chardonnay as originally planned. This is now their signature wine and they also produce Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
850-938 MOUNT COTTON RD, MOUNT COTTEN QLD 4165
Opening in 2000, Sirromet is one of the largest wine producers in Queensland. Grapes are grown in Redlands (Mt Cotton) and the Granite Belt with a wide selection of varieties grown: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Chambourcin, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Gris, and Verdelho
291 GRANITE BELT DR, THULIMBAH QLD 4376
Established in 1997 by a group of families, Summit Estate produce a large variety of wines with European influences – Tempranillo, Malbec, Monastrelli, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Verdelho, Marsanne, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Muscat.